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Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

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Ravine Gardens State Park is a 59acre Florida State Park located in Palatka, Florida. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration, with cypress buildings, rock gardens and fieldstone terraces. Near the park entrance is The Court of States and a 64ft obelisk dedicated to Franklin D. Roosevelt.Recreational ActivitiesActivities include viewing the thousands of plants and shrubs, picnicking, jogging, hiking and biking. Amenities include interpretive exhibits, picnic areas, gardens, hiking trails, a 1.8mi paved perimeter loop road, and a parcours trail. Visitors can rent a large covered pavilion, auditorium, and meeting rooms.Special eventsThe park is part of the annual Florida Azalea Festival the first weekend in March, when the nearly 100,000 plants that the WPA planted decades ago bloom.HoursFlorida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).References and external links Ravine Gardens State Park at Florida State Parks Ravine State Gardens at Absolutely Florida Ravine State Gardens at Wildernet Putnam County listings at National Register of Historic Places
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  • We were pleasantly surprised by this park - FL is rather flat, so the ravines were a fantastic change. The suspension bridges were lovely over the water/bogs. We went for the azalea festival and had a...  more »
  • The walk through, the Ravines, is a challlenging one, with many inclines. If you are not use to the Florida heat, best to go in the winter months. March and April are best for seeing so many flowers. ...  more »
  • Highly recommend you pack a lunch and hike these trails. The sights are filled with beautiful landscaping,flowers, butterflies and even a reflection pond/waterfall.  more »
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  • Unbelievable that a spring fed stream cut a ravine this deep in the state of FL! You can drive or hike the 1.8 mile loop or hike any of the several trails traversing the park. There are gators, otters, and birds to view along with the beautiful scenery.
  • Is a wonderfully maintained trail and so much more. Picnic area with picnic tables around a water feature. History and nature collide at Ravine Gardens. Interior trails are great for intermediate trail goers but not for individuals with wheels, like strollers. Not stroller friendly on the interior trails but the road around the entire park would be a solution for those with non walking children or family members.
  • Such a great place! Went with a friend and we spent hours on the trails. Walking flats, incline, suspension bridges; stairs; etc. --just an all around relaxing or cardio walking experience. Saw lots of families along the trails, makes for a nice, safe feeling. Plus the park offers a tour, worth the $5 entry fee. I'll definitely return
  • We've visited almost every park near Jacksonville in the 2 years since we moved here. This is at the top of the list and worth the hour drive and $5 admission. There are so many trails to hike. The suspension bridge is awesome (and a little scary if you hate heights, as I do). Dogs are allowed and we spent 2 hours hiking all through the park. The spring wasn't particularly big, but interesting. You can drive (one-way) down the street that takes you through the entire park. We did that first (it's about 2 miles, I think), then we went back through to find a spot to pull over and hike. There are lots of places to have a picnic as well. It's surprising to see such a steep ravine in Florida. We'll definitely be back.
  • It's awesome! So stress free, nature all around. I feel energized when done with my walk.